Audio Interview Pitch

I would like to interview my writing professor. She is the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer on campus.  Her Brandeis University profile states she co-founded the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet. The GrubStreet website explains this is, “A competitive and affordable MFA-level course, spanning 12 months, for ten fiction writers interested in deep revision of their novel drafts, a comprehensive craft-based study of the novel form, and a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world.” She has written three well received books. Her debut The Quickening  won the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.

I’d like to learn more about her background and find out more how she wound up in Massachusetts by way of Iowa. Did she always want to be an author? Is she willing to admit an predilections that put her on that path? What is an author before she is an author? When did she seriously consider becoming a novelist? How did she get her first manuscript into the hands of a publisher?

Authors provide entertainment that is necessary in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They can provide a perspective that takes one out of his narrow mindset and makes one consider people/situations/problems more thoughtfully, and critically.

I would get photos of her teaching, in her office and perhaps I can sit in on one of their novel-incubator meetings. I can get sound bytes of keyboards clicking and pages turning.

Hopefully she’s cool with it.

One Reply to “Audio Interview Pitch”

  1. Hi Adam,

    This is a good story pitch. Your questions provide the sketch of a narrative timeline to your teacher’s career, which will help you to shape some drama from her experience. Right now the only key element missing from your pitch is a sense of place. Photographs of your teacher in her office or in the classroom do not sound particularly visually compelling. Can you look to the content of her writing for visual ideas? Can you get her to talk about links between her own experiences and the settings of her fiction? Would you be able to get access to locations that might represent visual ideas from her stories, and shoot photos there? Or do you have other ideas about this? Where is GrubStreet located and are there any writing workshop activities that are tied to its locale?

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